Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

New Procedure for Better Vision

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

New Procedure for Better Vision

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Talk about having something in your eye.

Approved over four months ago by the Food and Drug Administration, corneal rings now may be implanted by eye surgeons into nearsighted or myopic patients and should give most 20/20 vision almost immediately. Some even may get 20/15 vision -- not exactly X-ray eyes but close enough.

The catch? The procedure costs about $4,500 for both eyes and will work only on those in "the mild range" of nearsightedness.

The rings are manufactured under the trade name "intacs" by KeraVision Inc., of Fremont, Calif.

During the procedure, a surgeon implants two disjointed half-rings around each eye's cornea after making a delicate incision. The cornea is eye tissue that covers the iris and pupil and acts as a window through which light is transmitted and focused on the retina.

In nearsighted people, the cornea is steeply curved, forcing light to focus in front of the retina instead of directly on it, like it's supposed to. …

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